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April 2022

by Quedgeley WI - April 28th, 2022.
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After the singing of Jerusalem the meeting began with the usual business. Suggestions were made for an outing to see the SS Great Britain that Ian Caskie, the excellent speaker we heard in March, had made sound so interesting. The afternoon tea at Queen Anne Court had been enjoyed by those who attended, it has been agreed that we can have a silver birch tree planted in the church grounds to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of HM the Queen and members were told about the Read With Me appeal for volunteers to listen to children reading. Unfortunately we were not able to progress to the next round of the WI Quiz but the skittles team will be playing matches soon with hopefully some success. The visit to the Javelin park Incinerator on 20th July has 20 members going but there could possibly be another date if more are interested. Caroline Meek gave a report on her attendance at the GFWI Annual Meeting that was attended by Princess Anne and Mary Jess, a local girl who was the winner of the Chinese X Factor. The theme of the talks was sustainability and even Princess Anne urged everyone to wear their clothes for longer!

Our April speaker was the excellent Tony Condor and his talk with slides and photographs on Gloucester’s Victorian Docks, the buildings, the people and the day-to-day details of dock life. He had been the curator of a British Waterways Museum before opening the National Waterways Museum in Gloucester in 1988. and is now a guide for the Gloucester Civic Trust. Not only did we hear about the many ships that carried goods from all over the world Tony also talked from the perspective of a docks policeman and we heard many stories of crimes and incidents that happened, all with actions and different voices to make it even more entertaining. Stories included the murder of Millicent Davies, death threats made to an eloping couple and the story of PC Thomas Flavell, an over-zealous constable who in 1869 was found drowned, possibly due to intoxication. Although there had been many drownings over the years this incident eventually led to safety measures like chains being placed along the walls above the water to help those who had fallen in. Anyone visiting the Docks will now have a much better idea of what life was like when it was a thriving and busy port. Another excellent speaker who is highly recommended.

If April means the paying of the £44 subscription then May means Resolutions. We will be hearing just the one Resolution which is “Woman and Girls with ASD & ADHD – under-identified, under-diagnosed, misdiagnosed, under supported”. Members will have the opportunity to learn more about the issue and to discuss the Resolution before deciding how their delegate should vote at the Annual Meeting to be held in Liverpool in June. The discussions will be followed by a Social Evening with the usual wine, nibbles and a quiz.

To look further ahead, in June we will have a talk on Cotswold Perfumes and Testers and July will see the welcome return of Kate Peake and Angela Rendell with their talk and demonstration on Georgian Ladies Costumes There is also a competition which is for the oldest item in your wardrobe.

We meet on the second Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm in Quedgeley Village Hall so if anyone would like to come along they will be made very welcome.

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